Running is one of the most popular sports in the United States. It is a great workout, and you don’t even need an expensive gym membership to do it or any equipment except a good pair of running shoes. It shouldn’t be surprising that according to a report from Running USA, the amount of finishers in running events in the U.S. grew from roughly 4.8 million in 1990 to over 17 million in 2015. Running is an excellent way to stay in shape, but there are also many injuries that plague the running community including Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, keen pain, ankle pain, hip pain, and more. Too many runners have had to hang up their sneakers after getting sidelined again and again with these chronic injuries.
Can Structural integration Help Injured Runners?
Though running is great for the cardiovascular system and helps activate the core and major muscles of the legs, it also puts a great amount of stress on those muscles, as well as the tendons and joints of the legs. Over time, scar tissue can build up, which restricts movement and pulls the body out of alignment. The more out of alignment your body becomes, the higher your risk of injury and chronic pain.
Structural integration is a bodywork protocol that works to break up this scar tissue as well as tight fascia (a thin film of tissue that covers the muscles) in order to release muscles. Once the scar tissue is gone and the fascia is pliable, the body can move back into proper alignment. Many runners are surprised at how just this bodywork treatment can eliminate years and years of pain.
Your body wants to move correctly, but sometimes it can’t if too much scar tissue has built up. Part of the structural integration protocol is to teach clients how to redevelop a feel for their bodies and embrace the habit of staying in symmetry. That may mean that I coach clients on how to improve their running form or just encourage them to stay focused on their posture as they run.
Here at the Idaho Center for Rolf Structural Integration, I work with many runners, including weekend warriors who run to stay fit and serious marathons who put hundreds of miles on their shoes each year. Structural integration can help every level of runner and release scar tissue and tightness that has been building up for years.
If pain has forced you to cut back on your running or put up your shoes permanently, then you need to try structural integration. My clients have reported that after years of running with pain, they are finally pain free. Breaking up scar tissue in your ankles, knees, and hip flexors may also help you run longer and train harder. You never know, you could have some running PRs in your future, or you may finally be able to train for that half marathon or marathon you’ve always wanted to complete. If you live in or around Boise, schedule your first structural integration appointment at the Idaho Center for Rolf Structural Integration today.